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Out with the MEAP… In with the…

February 12, 2012

As we move to the new Common Core State Standards across Michigan, new assessments will replace the MEAP in the 2014-2015 school year. The Smarter Balance Consortium is developing the next generation of student assessments.

Here are few details from their website:

  • Rigorous tests that will measure progress toward college and career awareness;
  • Comparable scores will mean the ability to compare performance across member states;
  • Current achievement and student growth data will be important components of the assessment;
  • Multiple measures will be employed to assess student performance; and
  • Assessments will use computer adaptive testing as part of the student evaluation process.

We currently use computer adaptive testing in Saline.  We use the NWEA primarily in grades 3-8 and the data provided to teachers and administrators help meet the needs of our students.

Here’s a map showing the members of the consortium.

As we transition to the Common Core, understanding the assessments is critical.

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